Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds and it's easy to see why. This lovable breed is renowned for its steady outgoing character and friendly disposition. The Labrador Retriever is believed to have derived from the Newfoundland, bred to help fishermen with everyday tasks such as pulling nets and retrieving fish. The Labrador Retriever is now classed as a gun dog due to its soft mouth and instinct to retrieve.

Physical characteristics

The Labrador Retriever is a medium-sized breed, with height normally ranging between 21 and 25 inches; bitches are usually slightly smaller than dogs. Weight is generally about 55 – 80lbs and life expectancy is about 12 years.

The Labrador Retriever has a sturdy physique, with a broad head, brown or hazel eyes, and strong jaws. It has a wide barrel chest with strong straight legs, giving it the ability to move energetically and vigorously. The Labrador Retriever also has a very distinctive tail, often referred to as an "otter tail"; it loves the water and is a strong swimmer, using the tail as a rudder.

The coat is wonderfully designed for this water-loving...

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